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Analysis: Bowyer , HScott playing catch-up after SHR announcement
This was expected to be a big year for HScott Motorsports , with the addition of veteran Clint Bowyer to its driver lineup and a closer working relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing helping to stabilize a team that is only in its third full season of full-time competition. While Bowyer's stay at HSM will be brief -- he leaves to take over the No. 14 entry at Stewart-Haas Racing next year -- he had expressed hopes of being able to help HScott improve its program before his departure. Such has not been the case, however. Through the first seven races, Bowyer is 32nd in points and understandably frustrated. There has been no increase in the level of support provided by Stewart-Haas, in light of that four-team organization's impending move to Ford in '17, an announcement made in late February by team co-owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. That wasn't expected to be the case when Bowyer was introduced as the newest driver addition to HScott late last year. At that time, relationships with Stewart-Haas and Hendrick Motorsport were said to be key factors in the decision-making process for all involved. "I'm looking forward to the marriage that (team owner Harry Scott) has with Hendrick (Motorsports), with Stewart-Haas, that is very strong and it's something that I'm looking forward to building on," Bowyer said at the time. "I've got the best of the best when you talk about equipment. We've got Hendrick engines; we've got ties to Stewart-Haas Racing . These are the guys that are winning all the races. I now have that bond, that connection to this kind of equipment." Bringing Bowyer , an eight-time winner in NASCAR's premier series, on board even for only one year was seen as a step up the competitive ladder for HScott, which struggled on the track with teammates Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier in '15. Additional support from a group as successful as SHR would be a boon to the smaller outfit. Instead, Bowyer had a single top-20 finish (18th at Auto Club Speedway ) and an average finish of nearly 29th heading into Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway . Bowyer would finish eighth Sunday, for his best showing of the season. For a driver who has rarely been outside the top 20 in points in 10 seasons of full-time competition, it's been a frustrating start. Contacted by NASCAR.com, Stewart-Haas officials said via email this week that "There isn't a formal alliance between Stewart-Haas Racing and HScott Motorsports , but SHR does collaborate with HScott and offers technical support when it can." HScott has obtained limited technical support from SHR since 2015 while also purchasing many of the cars in its fleet from the organization. But those close to the HScott situation say the technological tether that tied the teams of Bowyer and Annett to SHR appears to have been severed with the Ford announcement. It may also be a byproduct of the growing divide between the Chevrolet-branded Hendrick group and SHR as the latter outfit begins working toward the manufacturer change. At some point this season, the data sharing and flow of information between Hendrick and SHR will begin to cease; HScott, with a driver soon to be making the move to a rival Ford team, is perhaps caught in between. Changes in the relationship between Hendrick and Stewart-Haas were noted earlier this year by Stewart, who said, "the dynamic of it was kind of already changing this year anyway" and that "the technical side of it has changed quite a bit going into this season." "It's like parents who are going through a divorce," one HScott representative said of the situation, "and this team is caught in the middle." Stewart-Haas fields four Sprint Cup Series teams and its drivers have won two of the last five series championships, all under the Chevrolet banner. Its engines and chassis come from Hendrick, as well as technical information and extensive engineering support. Hendrick Motorsports fields four Sprint Cup Series teams and has won 11 Sprint Cup titles overall and six of the last 10. Although its chassis currently come through SHR, HScott leases engines from Hendrick, an arrangement that was already in place when Scott purchased the team from former owner James Finch in September of 2013. But the link between Hendrick and HScott ends there, according to Hendrick officials. The Hendrick/HScott relationship, they say, has not changed in light of the Stewart-Haas Ford announcement. In a statement provided to NASCAR.com, HScott officials noted the abundance of adjustments the organization faced heading into the 2016 season. "The challenges so far this season have primarily been the elements of change. Change has been a constant and it's had an effect. The team relocated its shop from (Spartanburg) South Carolina to (Mooresville) North Carolina in January. We have a new driver and crew chief combination, a new fleet of cars and a new aero package." The support system between Hendrick and Stewart-Haas, and Stewart-Haas and HScott, isn't unusual. Similar alliances abound in NASCAR, each varying to some degree. Furniture Row Racing had a "technical alliance" in place with Richard Childress Racing before this season. When the Denver-based team made the switch to Toyota, it aligned itself with Joe Gibbs Racing , which provides chassis as well as engineering support. A comparable arrangement exits between the Ford entities of Team Penske and Wood Brothers Racing . That teams would begin to "wean" themselves from such alliances as they work their way through the process of changing manufacturers is understandable considering what's at stake -- not the least of which is proprietary information and data that cannot be obtained without extensive research and development, and at much cost. While the current partners have benefited from their individual relationships, at the end of the day it remains a very competitive business. All of which leaves HScott and its teams trying to make the best of what appears to have become an unexpectedly harsh situation.
Bowyer seeks ride after plane to Texas breaks down
Clint Bowyer 's weekend in The Lone Star State got off to a bit of a rocky start. Well this weekend isn't starting off very good. Plane is broke down. Good thing there's atleast 40 of them headed same place. # — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) April 7, 2016 Hey, at least Clint wasn't forgotten and left stranded (ahem, Ryan Newman ). But as Sprint Cup practice begins at 5:30 p.m. ET today, he had better get a move on. RELATED: Junior leaves Newman at the airport
Clint Bowyer wins Supercross race, face-plants into wall
Clint Bowyer did perhaps the most Clint Bowyer thing we've seen Clint Bowyer do on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The HScott Motorsports driver participated in the "NASCAR Holeshot Challenge" Supercross event, taking on Greg Biffle , Ty Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . -- on two wheels. Bowyer , who has a background in this kind of racing, won the event, but failed to stop after the start/finish line. And promptly face-planted into the stopping wall. It was as awesome as it sounds (mostly because, thankfully, Bowyer was OK.) Fellow racers loved it, even if because of the wreck, this may be the one and only "NASCAR Holeshot Challenge" we'll ever see. Glad to see my driver for next year is as out of control as I am #thatsmyhorse — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) February 28, 2016 First and last @NASCAR motor cross competition!!! @ClintBowyer is the man!!!! Haha!!! #stuntman — Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) February 28, 2016 @ClintBowyer just stole the show, that was awesome #onthegas — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) February 28, 2016 A crazy man in his PJs just ran his motorcycle into a tough block on @FS1 This is a good night! @ClintBowyer — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) February 28, 2016 . @ClintBowyer is a bad Mamba Jamba. That was fun to watch! @FOXSports @SupercrossLIVE @NASCAR #AllOrWall or #TuffBlock — Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) February 28, 2016 Hahahahahahahahah! That was awesome! #SXonFOX @ClintBowyer is a maniac! — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) February 28, 2016 @ClintBowyer reminds me of the Glen Campbell song "like a rhinestone cowboy" riding out on a motorcycle in a star spangle rodeo ! — Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) February 28, 2016 Alright @ClintBowyer , let's see that go pro footage off the helmet cam... #SXonFOX #NASCARHoleshot #NASCAR — Chris Buescher (@Chris_Buescher) February 28, 2016 Dear @ClintBowyer if you're sore at all I'm here tomorrow — Brett Moffitt (@Brett_Moffitt) February 28, 2016 Leave it to @ClintBowyer to hit the wall #NASCARHoleshot pic.twitter.com/tdK6eQAbs4 — Karsyn Elledge (@KarsynElledge3) February 28, 2016
HScott Motorsports unveils new sponsor, scheme for Bowyer
RELATED: Bowyer to drive for HScott in 2016 HScott Motorsports and Clint Bowyer have welcomed a new sponsor. A VISINE paint scheme will adorn Clint Bowyer 's No. 15 Chevrolet fielded by HScott Motorsports as primary sponsor in three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season. VISINE will also serve as an associate sponsor and marketing partner for the entire season. The primary sponsorship includes the races at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, Texas Motor Speedway on April 9 and Pocono Raceway on June 5. Last month, HScott Motorsports announced that it was moving shop locations from Spartanburg, South Carolina to Mooresville, North Carolina. The team also revealed that Bowyer will continue to pilot the No. 15, which is a transposition for HScott, which inherited the No. 51 when it purchased the team from James Finch in 2013. 5-Hour Energy will be the primary sponsor of Bowyer's entry for 24 of next season's 36 races. RELATED: See more 2016 paint schemes
HScott moves shop, reveals Bowyer's number
RELATED: Who's on the move for 2016? HScott Motorsports announced Thursday that it will relocate its headquarters to Mooresville, North Carolina, leaving its former South Carolina home in Spartanburg. The team also revealed that new driver Clint Bowyer will have a familiar car number for 2016. Bowyer , who will make a one-year stop with HScott before shifting to replace owner/driver Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing , will drive the No. 15 Chevrolet this year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It's a transposition for HScott, which inherited the No. 51 when it purchased the team from James Finch in 2013. Bowyer used the No. 15 the last four seasons, his entire tenure with Michael Waltrip Racing, which folded at the end of the 2015 campaign. HScott -- which also fields a Sprint Cup entry with driver Michael Annett -- will set up shop at the former TriStar Motorsports location, a nearly 50,000-square-foot building in Mooresville. TriStar, a longtime multicar team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, lists a new address on its website in Statesville, North Carolina, approximately 20 miles north of its former headquarters.
Bowyer at bat: Driver lives baseball dream
Clint Bowyer tried his hand at playing baseball with the Kansas City Royals during spring training in Surprise, Arizona.
Bowyer : ‘They’ve got to be cheating’
Clint Bowyer talks about being excited to race in the Daytona 500 and thinks Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing seem to be the class of the field.
Helmet cam of Bowyer's Holeshot spill
Check out Clint Bowyer's helmet cam as he participates in the NASCAR Holeshot Challenge and ends up taking a spill at the end.
Bowyer , Dale Jr. involved in multi-car wreck at Miami
Clint Bowyer 's loose No. 15 Toyota started a multi-car wreck during the season finale on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway shortly after a restart on Lap 45, forcing the fourth caution of the day. The other cars invovled were the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr ., the No. 33 of Ty Dillon , the No. 55 of David Ragan and the No. 43 of Aric Almirola , who took his Ford to the garage. (Almirola returned to the race 55 laps down.) "We wrecked pretty good," Dale Jr. told his crew after getting clipped by Ragan's Toyota. Before the race's start, the Hendrick Motorsports wheelman was upfront saying he would assist in any way with helping Jeff Gordon attain his fifth title. After a trip down pit road, Earnhardt returned to the race several laps down. The Ford EcoBoost 400 is the final race for Michael Waltrip Racing which fields teams for both Bowyer and Ragan. Bowyer's day ended early and he told NBC from the garage, "I don't know what the hell happened. I was kind of optimistic about the race. We made a pit stop there and the car was just a way big handful there. I don't know, I was coming off of (Turn) 2 there and Ty (Dillon) kind of got squirrely and I tried to stay off of him and my car got loose and I just couldn't catch it. "I don't know, we just lost the handling on our car big-time there. Unfortunately ended -- you hate to end this way. I wanted to end on a strong note for everybody at MWR. Appreciate all of their hard work and efforts all these years but unfortunately it's over.” Here's how those involved ranked on the leaderboard at the race's end: Dillon (23rd), Ragan (27th), Earnhardt Jr. (40th), Almirola (41st) and Bowyer (43rd).
High 5: Bowyer's Royals spirit, playoff stir-ups & Gordon's longtime fan
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. World champs Jeff Gordon 's win at Martinsville wasn't the only big event happening in sports this weekend. The Kansas City Royals won their second World Series title on Sunday, defeating the New York Mets four games to one in the series. Royals manager Ned Yost's connection to Dale Earnhardt and NASCAR has been well-documented over the past year. Here is one example. WE’RE #CROWNED !!! Your Kansas City Royals are WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!! pic.twitter.com/Ic8oL4aWu5 — Royals (@Royals) November 2, 2015 Happy for Ned Yost and the @Royals today. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) November 2, 2015 But if anyone in NASCAR is SUPER excited about this, it's Kansas-native Clint Bowyer . So excited that he's questioning next-morning commitments. That poor dentist. Been really fun to root for these guys we call our own. All I've seen on my timeline is #takethecrown . How bout #TookTheCrown Let's all — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) November 2, 2015 Gonna go ahead and apologize in advance for my 9am dentist appointment. We took the damn crown for crying out loud. @Royals — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) November 2, 2015 2. Buckeyes, Tigers & the Tide -- oh my! As the Championship Round between the final four drivers at Homestead approaches, another sport is gearing up for its four-team playoff of its own -- College football. The College Football Playoff Committee announced its first rankings of the season on Tuesday night. Making the cut were the Clemson Tigers, LSU Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes and the Alabama Crimson Tide. 1. Clemson 2. LSU 3. Ohio State 4. Alabama pic.twitter.com/7FtqlrlmSl — CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 4, 2015 The first three teams hold unblemished records this season, while Alabama -- the unexpected pick of the lot -- has one loss against Ole Miss. But just as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has showed us, anything can happen when there are four coveted spots at the line. 3. 3-on-3 Several celebrities hit the court with Austin Dillon for his 3-on-3 Celebrity Baskeball Tournament on Tuesday night at High Point University. NASCAR’s Ty Dillon , Denny Hamlin and Brendan Gaughan , as well as country singer Colt Ford and MMA fighter Rashad Evans, were among the VIP guests who served as captains. He shoots...he scores!! @austindillon3 is king of the court today! -JW pic.twitter.com/HRLFZ3q6sT — Miss Sprint Cup (@MissSprintCup) November 3, 2015 Coach @dennyhamlin keeps an eye on his team...self-proclaimed the "Bad News Bears"! Ha! -JW pic.twitter.com/UjDVzZ4Km9 — Miss Sprint Cup (@MissSprintCup) November 3, 2015 The 16-team format resembled the bracket-style system that governs the NCAA basketball playoffs. Austin Dillon 's team, seeded 1 from the start, ultimately prevailed over Gaughan's squad. All proceeds from the night benefitted the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. 4. Gordon's longtime fan He's been with Jeff Gordon since the beginning, watched him grow from a young racer into a championship-winner Cup driver. It's not team owner Rick Hendrick and it's not former crew chief Ray Evernham. Rather, it's Gordon's stepfather John Bickford. "Jeff ran with the bigger kids and the very best that was out there. He had a lot of skills then and it was one of those things that I probably knew that he could keep advancing," Bickford told Popular Speed in a recent article. One thing is for certain: he's hoping for a fifth title for his stepson. "I certainly hope Jeff takes that checkered flag in first place!" Bickford said. "I've never done this. It's been 39 years of continuous focus on this racing. So, I don't know how I'll feel. I guess I'm hoping for a bit of a sense of completion." Click here to read the entire story from Popular Speed. 5. Chase take-aways Sunday's race at Martinsville was highlighted by Gordon's Chase-clinching win and Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano 's ongoing drama, which ultimately resulted in Kenseth's two-race suspension . But the race's wild finish held many other implications for other drivers, especially those contending for a title. FOX Sports 1 breaks down the top five takeaways from Sunday's showdown here.